Saturday, February 16, 2013

Five Bible Verses on the Second Coming of Christ

1. Revelation 1:7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.

Revelation is one of the most mysterious books in the Bible. Many have simply given up on it and called it a "sealed book." This is not the case. The book is in the Bible to be read! Revelation itself means an unveiling. This passage in chapter 1 is very exciting, and epic. It tells us that in the end times Jesus will be coming in the clouds. Everyone will see him, even the wicked. We are told that all tribes will wait on account of him. These are mysterious phrases. But we can deduce this much: the return of Christ will be incredible.

2. Hebrews 9:28 So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

So why is Christ coming a second time? The first time he came to show us how to live a perfect life. He died for our sins as an eternal sacrifice for our faults. Some time ahead of us Christ will return to save us from a corrupt world. In the end times many terrible things will happen. The tribulation will occur. However, Christ will return to save us before the end of all. These things are set in motion, and they are happening now.

3. Revelation 16:15 "Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!"

This passage is usually about as much as most people know about Revelation. We know that no one knows the date of the return of Christ. We are told he will come like a thief in the night. This is very true. The metaphor of sleep is used, and we are called to stay awake! We are told to keep our garments on. Could this be a reference to the armor of God?

4. Matthew 25:13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

Again in Matthew we're told that no one in heaven or on the earth knows the precise day or hour of the return of Christ. We are to watchful. Read the book of Revelation and study interpretations of it. Many of the prophecies in Revelation have already been fulfilled. The time is close. Israel is a sovereign nation. There is chaos in the middle east. These are signs. And more are being fulfilled everyday. Be watchful or you will be deceived by the anti christ. The most common mistake I see by Pastors is a bias toward the United States. They assume our country is the good guys in every and any scenario. This is most likely not the case. The United States is extremely corrupt as we've seen in recent years, and the actions of the US around the world are not holy. I suspect we have been infiltrated by Satan worshipers of the New World Order. But that is up for you to research and discover on your own. All I say is be watchful, for the Bible tells us to be.

5. Matthew 25:31-46 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.

This passage in Matthew tells us how Jesus will come with all the angels, what an incredible image! He is the shepherd of us all, and will separate the saved from the damned. The saved are compared to sheep, as they loyally followed the ways of Christ their shepherd. Goats are used to represent those who are not saved, and did not follow obediently. We are told in this passage that we will inherit the new kingdom on the new earth. Jesus says to us then, that we welcomed him into ourselves. The metaphor is that of a stranger coming to our door. Instead of turning Jesus away we welcomed his sacrifice and took him within ourselves. What a day it will be, I can hardly wait!